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For the new study, researchers used photos of 188 pre-diagnosed lesions - 60 melanomas and 128 benign lesions - to check the accuracy of four Smartphone apps made to look for melanoma in previously-taken images.
Three of those apps, which cost under $5 to own, use algorithms to determine whether a lesion is likely to be cancerous or not. The fourth sends images to a certified dermatologist for evaluation, at a price of $5 per lesion.
Of the three algorithm-based apps, the most accurate still missed 18 of the 60 melanomas, mistakenly classifying them as lower-risk, Dr. Laura Ferris from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania and her colleagues reported Wednesday in JAMA Dermatology.
Originally posted by Sayitaintso
I hope that they have VERY detailed disclaimers on those apps, you know people are actually going to use this as if it was a medical device! People don't listen and then they'll look for someone to blame and then, there comes the lawsuit.
Just found out today my former boss passed away from skin cancer, having battled it for the last 10 yrs. Not something to play around with.
Thanks for bringing it up, sorry I can't flag yet, I'm not yet trusted with the flag feature!
Originally posted by rimjaja
As a healthcare provider, I see a lot of suspicious skin lesions and have to recommend that the patient go and get it evaluated by their dermatologist. You would be surprised at how many people refuse to follow up. I would say less than 50%, probably the number is even closer to 60%+.
I'm impressed that people are even buying the app in the first place. If it gets even a few people to go and get things checked, then I am all for it.